Breaking the Vicious Cycle

June 8, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Trust that people are doing their best
 
Recognize that changing how someone "be's" is a lot harder than changing what someone does. 
 
Agile best starts by doing.
 
Take advantage that devs want to produce good results
 
Provide them with some principles they can relate to from their past experience
  • Small batches are good
  • Focus on finishing is important
  • Clarity of requirements is needed
  • Focus on value delivered not rules to follow
 
There is a big difference between describing what a story should look like & actualy writing good stories. They must learn to write quality stories from their own backlog in the initial training. This requires ATDD to some degree
 
Provide them with a starting point ranging from Scrum to Kanban, or something in between, that includes a support system to get questions answered
 
Find some people in your organization that would be good Scrum Masters/Team Coaches and enroll them in a program where they learn on-the-job for several months to both do their job and to provide an environment to help the team get their job done
 
If you have budget for it, bring in an outside team coach who knows Scrum & Kanban
 
Always focus on the work, not the framework
 
Always remember your people are doing the best they can
 
The above works
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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